ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education has identified the state's 2012 Schools of Excellence.
The annual honor is presented in two categories: Highest Performance and Highest Progress. Fourteen schools made the cut in each area.
"These schools are the epitome of excellence," Georgia School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "I offer my congratulations to our 2012 Georgia Schools of Excellence."
Barge added that he plans to visit all 28 schools at some point during the school year.
Metro Atlanta's Schools of Excellence include:
Atlanta Public Schools
* KIPP STRIVE Academy, Southwest Atlanta (Progress)
*Jones ES (Performance)
* Elite Scholars Academy, Morrow (Performance)
* Garrison Mill ES, Marietta (Progress)
* Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy (Progress)